Nokia’s JobLens App: View Vacancies Around You

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“Britain’s economy has turned a corner at last” quip senior Tory MPs ahead of last month’s official Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data showing Britain’s output. Almost five years following the crippling financial crash the UK’s financial woes seem to be witnessing a flicker of optimism, but try telling the 29.70 million people who are looking and available to work but are unable to find a job that the “mood in Britain has changed.”

House prices may have seen a wisp of a rise; GDP may be a little healthier but for the millions unemployed, the rosy picture the Tories seem intent on painting could hardly be gloomier.

While help might not be readily at hand through the government, Nokia seems better prepared to tackle the UK’s unemployment woes in the form of an augmented reality app.

Nokia recently unveiled JobLens, a proactive app which enables job seekers to see more than 500,000 available job vacancies throughout the UK. Users can filter the open job opportunities through company, distance, salary or keyword. At a first glance you may ask yourself how JobLens is different from the likes of Moster.co.uk or Jobsite.co.uk. What gives JobLens an original edge is that users can view the vacancies on a map, or, on some devices, using augmented reality. With selected Lumia models, the app will open up a lens allowing users to search for vacancies in particular town or city.

Looking through a spurious camera lens to hone in on places where jobs are available might not save the UK’s unemployment problems, but at least Nokia is doing, well more than the coalition government that’s for sure.

Employment issues aside, the technology behind the JobLens app is interesting. Nokia’s HERE maps use sight navigation as a way to discover and find your way around the world. LiveSight technology advances HERE maps further by enabling users to pinpoint exactly where they are looking. Users simply have to open HERE Maps, click on the LiveSight icon and pan around. As you pan, shops, restaurants and buildings will stare back up at you on your phone’s display.

Besides allowing job seekers to pinpoint the exact location of a job with interesting accuracy, JobLens will recommend opportunities that are catered to a user’s qualifications, can create CVs and even share CVs with prospective hiring managers. What’s more, if you manage to bag yourself an interview, HERE maps will guide you to the destination.

In its JobLens press release, Nokia describes its new app as being a “catalyst for the employment market” as it “lowers barriers between job seekers and local vacancies.”

JobLens is only available for Nokia Lumia devices, including those operating Windows Phone 8 and 7.5 or higher.

It might not rectify a deeply embedded societal crisis in which the UK government is irrefutably failing, but JobLens certainly beats the old-school job hunting method of squinting over ads in a Job Centre window.

You can download the enterprising app here.

Take your career search up a gear

Whether you’re a new graduate looking to get your foot on the job ladder, currently out of work or seeking a change in direction, the opportunities for seeking employment have never been so varied! No longer do you need to thumb through the tatty classifieds in the weekly free newspaper hoping to stumble upon the job of your dreams. Of course, websites and online services listing the latest live vacancies have been around for donkeys, but let’s meet the new class of tools geared to helping you kick-start your new career.

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The difference is App-arent

You don’t have to prise yourself away from your trusty smartphone or iPhone to give your job hunt 100% commitment. With these new job-hunting apps, you’ve already got the phone in your hand ready for when the calls start coming in!

Jobs.ac.uk

Just in time to catch the tail-end of the university clearing process, this free international jobs board has launched on the Android and iPhone platforms with more than 3,500 employment opportunities in universities, research institutions and commercial organisations. jobs.ac.uk

Oil and Gas job search

There’s no need to stick to more crude ways of job hunting. Refine your search with this niche but popular jobseeker site. It launched for iPhone last month, is now available on the Android platform and an iPad version will complete the set in coming weeks. oilandgasjobsearch.com

Sabeo IT jobs

There can be no better way to find an IT job than on the web! Sabeo has just launched this app for IT professionals on iPhone and Android so you can double up the search on your smartphone too. Technology job seekers can interact with this recruiter and apply direct from their mobile. sabeocontracting.com

Sortbox

Situation vacant?

If you’re a one-man band or small business looking to up your numbers, there are tools out there to ease your recruitment headache too. Sortbox is the latest in a flurry of technology clamouring to help whittle down the waves of applications flooding your desk. It provides a bespoke web page for your vacancy, where applicants can upload their profile, CV and references – keeping all correspondence away from your inbox. You then work through the responses, clicking “Yes”, “No” or “Maybe” at the top of each to help you stay on top of your search. sortbox.org

While technology is opening up endless new realms for job seekers and employers alike, and the scope for this to continue is potentially unlimited, it’s clear that these services are only as good as the vacancies on them. But while it’s tempting to stick to tried-and-tested methods, access to content on any 24/7 service could just give you the edge – the question is, how far do you cast your net?